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    at rack and manger

    Dear teachers,

    Would you share with me your opinion about my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    He maintained poor Davie at hack and manger most feck of his life.

    at rack and manger = at hack and manger = in abundance, in the lap of luxury

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    Re: at rack and manger

    What is the source of this odd sentence?

    I've never heard of hack/rack and manger or feck.

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    Re: at rack and manger

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I've never heard of hack/rack and manger or feck.
    I'd never heard of them either, and had know idea what they meant, but hack and manger is in the OED. The last citation is for 1835.

    I think that feck may have crept in to that sentence when nobody was looking.

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    Re: at rack and manger

    the most feck = the greater or larger part

    Webster's 1913 Dictionary

    http://www.webster-dictionary.org/de...%20most%20feck

    The sentence in question is from "Waverly " by your fellow-countryman W. Scott.

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    Re: at rack and manger

    All the OED citations give only 'the feck' or 'a feck', but then Sir Walter did have an odd way with words at times.

    Incidentally, he is not a countryman of mine - he was a Scot as well as a Scott.

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    Re: at rack and manger

    Not a teacher

    To live at rack and manger = live on the best at another's expense

    The most feck = the greater part

    He kept poor Davie living on the best at another's expense most of his life.

    Incidentally: I lived for a while in Burridge and somewhere in the zone there is a pub called "Rack and Manger"

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    Re: at rack and manger

    Scott's works are full of regionaliisms, partly because he was a Scot and partly for characterizaion. When I studied Redgauntlet at school there were pages that were more footnote than text.

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    Re: at rack and manger

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Scott's works are full of regionalisms, partly because he was a Scot and partly for characterization. When I studied Redgauntlet at school there were pages that were more footnote than text.
    From what I remember of some of Scott's novels, the footnotes were probably more gripping than the text.

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